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A complete guide to a successful session
© Diana Liang
First of all, thank you so much for booking! I am absolutely thrilled and cannot wait until our session day!
Now, that your session is booked and you’re probably
just as thrilled, you may be wondering “Now what?!”
This guide will help you prepare for your upcoming session and know what to expect during this exciting process.
I encourage you to read all 3 parts of the guide: Where
to Shoot, What to Wear, What to Expect, and What
to Display. Feel free to ask me any questions as they
come up. I would love to address everything prior to
Thank you for taking the time to read this,
Where to shoot
We can create anything you want, anywhere you want.
I seriously wouldn’t stress about the ‘where’ part. The
background is exactly that... the background. The focus
will be in your family. Plus, I have been known for turning not so interesting locations into magical places.
Simplicity makes for timeless photographs.
Once you have decided on a location, please let me
What to wear
- comfy clothes
- dresses or shirts that flow with the wind
- medium to light color tops
- pop of color in small doses
- accessories such as hats, scarfs, necklaces, bracelets
- large graphics, large patterns, noticeable logos
- dark tops for adults
- oversized clothes
- matching outfits
- brown, military green, dark blue, yellow, orange
Here’s a trick for choosing items for the entire group:
pretend you are creating only one outfits. For example
pick a patterned item like a scarf and then select the
outfits pulling colors from that pattern.
Feel free to get inspiration from my pinterest boards
Once you have everything ready you are welcome to
send me a photo of all the outfits together to get my
What to expect
I like to start off my sessions with a small chat to
remind everyone what’s expected. I will try to get the
kids on my side from the beginning. I recommend to
start our session with some type of activity to break
the ice. Think about something that everyone could be
a part of and have fun. For example: making cookies,
having a picnic, collecting flowers. Something short
and sweet. This is where I capture your natural interactions. I won’t ever need you to tell the kids to say
cheese, or look at the camera. I go at their pace and
take extra time if needed.
There will be “everyone smiling looking at the camera”
photographs because everyone needs some of those,
too. But, while I like to give direction to set up the shot
by pointing where to stand and suggest some actions, I
like to capture the real moments in between set-ups.
For you to completely relax, I may need to take over a
bit, and if I need help I will ask for it. Sometimes it is
best for me to go off away from the rest of the group
with the little ones. They feel less pressure and I can
get them to relax. So don’t be surprised or alarmed
if I take someone aside. I might also ask you to do
something that you think is totally “out there”. Just go
with me. Follow me along for the ride. No matter what,
whether the shot turns out good or bad, it will be an
What to display
After your session your online gallery will be live approximately after 2 weeks of session. I will send you a
link via e-mail. It will be up for 6 months and you get
30% discount on all print orders placed within 10 days.
Also, if your initial print order exceeds $100, you are
issued a 35% off coupon for digitals.
In the meantime, you can start planning how to display your photos. The following beautiful designs will
help you visualize photo galleries and displays in your
If there is a specific area in your home that you would
like to address, make sure to point it out on the day of
our session I would be happy to give you some suggestions.
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